I'm in a rare mood this morning, and it started when I realized that someone I've been friends with for over two years stopped following me on twitter. I'm not sure why really, and if I'm at all honest, it's so insignificant it shouldn't bother me at all. Except it did. Ridiculous isn't it? I mean, there's very little meat to the offense. It's just twitter. I unfollow people all the time - particularly the marketing folks. Never friends, though, even if I don't read their genre. I suppose that's why this slight seemed so personal.
I don't like net drama. I really truly hate it, and I typically avoid places where it happens. But that was like pushing my little red button, ya know? Especially when I've gone out of my way to be supportive, and to even beat-street promo for this person. What a pisser.
So, I did the unthinkable. I joined Quitter. And I did a sort-and-ditch over at FollowFriend, which basically tells you who isn't following you back on twitter. Starting with the fair-weather friend, I ended up tossing approximately 200 people from my list. People I didn't know. People who weren't writers - some who were. All of them weren't following me. I'm sure they'll never even notice I abandoned ship.
Out of the people I discovered who weren't following back, I kept 20. ALL of them insightful industry people. Mostly editors and agents. Although I did dump quiet a few agents. I can't remember why I added so many, unless it was to follow an agent chat. Why follow an agent who doesn't rep your genre? Anyway, I kept friends, fellow writers, and helpful souls who may not follow back but contribute to the industry through their twitter. And I think that is going to be my social media credo from this day forward.
I know it sounds a bit...catty. I can deal with that. I've been called far worse. Maybe it's spring fever. I don't know, and I guess it doesn't really matter.What's done is done. The point is I'm in the mood to start fresh, and object number one is to cut the dead weight. This is just the starting point. I can feel it. There will be much more cutting, and I'm not limiting the change to my twitter account.